Nastassja Kinski is radiant (The New York Times) in this war-torn love story that breaks the eroticism barrier [with] an astonishing directness (L.A. Weekly). Co-starring John Savage, John Goodman, Robert Mitchum and Os... more »car(r) winner* Keith Carradine, Maria's Loversis a unique, compelling [and] intimate drama (L.A. Weekly). When her teenage sweetheart Ivan (Savage) returns home from WWII, Maria (Kinski) eagerly accepts his marriage proposal, looking forward to a lifetime of happiness. But her joy is short-lived when Ivan's dark past shrouds their wedding night in misery, driving a wedge between them that neither knows how to remove. Confused and depressed, Maria attempts to mend her true love's heart despite the advances of other suitors. But when a traveling musician (Carradine) hits the right note, Maria struggles to justify her unfulfillinglife. Is her passion too powerful to be contained within the sanctity of marriage? *1975: Original Song ( I m Easy ), Nashville« less
"Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's "Maria's Lovers" is definitly my favorite film. There is nothing too flashy or groundbreaking about this film, in fact it is very subtle. However, it is one of the finest love stories I've ever seen, and John Savage's performance is in my opinion the best I've ever seen. I don't think a film has ever moved me so much. The story is very real and I think the themes and values behind this film are very important and are ones that contemporary Americans often forget about. If you have a taste for European movies and you don't mind a quiet serious drama, this film is really quite exceptional. In my opinion, it's one of the most overlooked and underated films of the 1980's (there aren't many good ones from that decade). I can't believe how low profile it was considering Nasstasia Kinski was the most popular film actress when it was released in 1984. In fact the most attention it has recieved is that is is being released on DVD, which I'm so grateful to MGM for. I hope the DVD market continues releasing unusual and /or conventional films."
The most beautiful actress in film ever
anything mode | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes you dont feel lust if you love a woman too purely like what happen to Ivan Bibic(John Savage)here, he cannot make love to her wife bec. of his love to Maria(Nastassja kisnki) is so pure. its the greatest love story ive ever seen. Nastassja kinski and John Savage should have won Oscars or Golden in this one. What makes it so great is that its very unpredictable and diverse compare to most of the love stories in cinema which usually ends with a happy ending, nastassja is very beautiful here . difinitely a movie with brain. Lots of moral lessons here to learn . A must see if youre a big fan of nastassja."
Challenges, changes and discoveries occuring before, during
Pork Chop | Lisbon, Portugal | 06/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"MARIA'S LOVERS (1984), was a hit, and frequently shown in the theatres, back in the day of its release. Comprising famous stars from that time, Nastassja Kinski, Robert Mitchum and John Savage, the reputations of all 3 was extremely merited, considering the outstanding job the actors did in bringing this work to life. Anita Morris also packs a tremendous presence, as well, to the screen, with dancing action and intense looks, interacting very well, too, with the others, alternating between a hysterical, artificial call girl of sorts, with a more serious, affectionate conduct.
Clearly, not all people in an audience finds a sentimental, romantic movie appealing, that underlines the ephemeral nature of various stages in one's life, (death, birth, the crossing from a youthful maturity into married adulthood, and the need to make the right choice for the relationship to work.)
The author shows an extreme skill in crafting a story about a relationship between a man and a woman, before and after the marriage, the challenges, changes and discoveries occuring thereafter among the partners. It also tells how old habits sometimes die hard, such as the urge for spontaneous romantic relationships between other men and/or women even after the formal union is made. As before, this show the character oscillating one and another partner depending on which brings the most excitement at the time, etc.
We see Kinski plaging a girl who easily infatuates, and captures the sentimental imaginations of men, who are on the same wave length as her own, that she projects unknowingly or not. At the same time, Savage is the husband, who is unable to move beyond or even cope with, those 2 feelings, both before, during and after their marriage.
Unable to progress to a deeper, more meaningful emotional and mental rapport with Kinski, Savage, reaching for immediate answers and relief (like for an Aspirin), finds the solution in simple girls of his own socio-economic background with which he was raised and is comfortable in all aspects.
While all this is happening, isolated between her aging mother, her career as a maternity ward nurse and as a neglected married woman, Kinsky turns to casual romantic encounters with a handful of men who can read her situation instinctively, and can satisfy her artistic and other impulses.
The cinematography is impeccable, with a sharp, clear transfer to DVD, even after 20 years, the movie doesn't seem to have aged at all, on screen, especially from the timeless, idyllic tiny rural US town depicted. The automobiles, homes, clothes worn, layout of the town all convincingly shows that these are the 1950's or early 60s.
With Savage playing a veteran of the Second World War, released from a Japanese POW camp, the movie wisely refrains from touching upon the military life for more than only a few brief moments, to avoid opening up a Pandora's box of pre-judgements, experiences, struggles, hazings, isolation, stress, or memories of overcrowded conditions of such a canp experience, that otherwise would distract from the story.
Keith Carradine plays a ambulant musician, bringing some accoustic guitar numbers, and a bit of humor and outside perspective to the story, that otherwise would have obviously been more introverted, intensely personal, occuring between Kinsky and Savage."
The Actors Tried Hard to Make the Material Work
Douglas Herman | Pompano Beach, FL | 02/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The premise, of soldiers returning from war with severe mental problems, is a timely one. And although the actors do try hard, I felt that the writing wasn't up to their efforts. Usually the case in disappointing movies. Neither was the sound that good. Savage and Kinski deserved better material, better lines, better sound recording equipment. Also, FOUR screenwriters? What did they do, take a vote on what to have the characters do next? And Carradine's character seemed more like a cariacture, especially with that dog. However, the two classic Harley motorcycles used in the movie looked swell. As for the art director, why didn't they take any time with the set? The interior of the HUGE HOUSE where Maria lived with her granny looked like an abandoned mansion awaiting a buyer. Kinski's bedroom was entirely devoid of any personal touches. I've seen jail cells and monks quarters with more warmth than the room "Maria" spent her entire girlhood in. What was she, Amish?
The Exterior locations saved the movie from utter despair. Thank God for picking a decent visual background. Film students might want to study this film for things NOT to do and things to do better."
clnv66 | las vegas, nevada United States | 08/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think Maria's lovers is a nice enjoyable film, A little slow paced at times, a little soap opera-ish but enjoyable. While not having a lot of characters( the streets seem almost empty) it develops personalities well. I thought it focused on internal conflicts after coming home from war/military service and re-intergrading back into a small town. It challenges you to rethink what love is, real love between a young couple and how our own demons affect this relationship. While it did attempt to show some cultural background in the characters they were a little generic. Nastassja is stunning and the scenery of this small Pennsylvania town is breath taking. Overall a very nice and underrated movie "